At the Surrey Heath Local Committee meeting last week, issues around Red Road were the dominant subject. Rightly so too.
If you want to know what a Local Committee does, then look HERE. Essentially, these committees discuss and agree local highways and parking provision, such as, 20mph speed limit in Bagshot village centre, pedestrian crossings, waiting restrictions, and road safety improvements.
While James Chapple, reports in the Camberley News & Mail, that “A RAFT of new safety measures aim to slash the accident rate on what one county councillor described as the most dangerous road in Surrey.”
I’m not so sure that it’s right to describe them as new safety measures. I’ve been arguing for two years, and did so again last week, that the missing traffic hazard warning signs need replacing. Type Red Road, or Petition into the Search box on this blog for proof.
Surrey County Council’s Highways officer attending last week’s meeting said in answer to my question, about when the signs were to be replaced, that he was, “embarrassed” and “offer apologies” that the work had not yet been done. Saying also that it would be done early in the new year.
Similarly, reducing the speed limit on Red Road from 60mph to 50mph has been in discussion for years.
So shortly we’ll have re-erected road signs, a lower speed limit, and a new Vehicle Activated Sign. All good stuff. It still leaves the desires of local residents for a controlled crossing point to access the heathland and the path alongside Red Road, and potential junction improvements with Lightwater Road and Macdonald Road.